The NYPD is preparing to deploy extra cops to Brooklyn to “enforce quality-of-life conditions” during unofficial J’Ouvert and West Indian Day Parade festivities over Labor Day weekend, Chief of Department Rodney Harrison announced Wednesday.
“We do anticipate several non-sanctioned cultural events throughout the weekend,” Harrison said at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily press briefing. “We plan on deploying additional police officers and resources.”
The police department is also sending “hundreds of light towers” to increase visibility, as well as additional vehicle and foot patrols in neighborhoods where the jamboree usually takes place — specifically, Marine Park, East Flatbush, Canarsie, Flatbush, Crown Heights and Park Slope.
“Officers will be out there to enforce quality-of-life conditions, [including] underage drinking, excessive noise and hazardous crowd conditions,” said Harrison. “Sidewalk barbecues will not be permitted, due to the fact that, unfortunately, they may result in a large gathering that can result in traffic conditions that could be a problem, which we’ve seen in the past.”
Eastern Parkway will be open to vehicle traffic, he said.
Harrison’s announcement comes after de Blasio and community leaders announced Monday that for the second straight year, the boisterous Brooklyn celebration of Caribbean emancipation will be canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
De Blasio promised that this weekend, after multiple revelers were hit by gunfire last year, “a lot of officers will be out a lot of coordination with the community.”
“For years, the formal parade was obviously a very big deal and had a huge amount of attendees, and that was a positive wonderful event, but came with real security challenges the NYPD had to address,” added the mayor.
In 2020, six people were shot during overnight J’Ouvert celebrations, including a 6-year-old boy.